Dawn M. Mulhern is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of the Forensic Studies Minor, and NAGPRA Coordinator for the college. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Mulhern’s teaching and research interests are in skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, human evolution, and repatriation. Before joining the FLC faculty in 2005, Dr. Mulhern was an osteologist in the Repatriation Osteology Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Mulhern has conducted fieldwork and skeletal analyses in Giza, Egypt and also has extensive experience with skeletal remains from Suadanese Nubia. She is currently collaborating with Mona Charles on two projects studying the Basketmaker II people from the Durango area, including the Darkmold site and Falls Creek Shelters. The Falls Creek Shelter project is supported by a State Historic Fund Grant. Dr. Mulhern has numerous publications in bone histology, paleopathology and methods of assessing age at death in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. She has a book chapter on distinguishing human and nonhuman bone in the Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, edited by Soren Blau and Doug Ubelaker. Dr. Mulhern presents papers annually at national conferences and has taught at workshops in forensic histology at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Dr. Mulhern currently serves as the college’s NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator. She is the science representative for the General Education Council. Dr. Mulhern provides expertise in forensic anthropology to local law enforcement and is a forensic anthropologist for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a federal mass disaster response team.
Dr. Mulhern currently teaches Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Human Biological Variation, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Osteology and Bioarchaeology, Research in Human Origins, and Fundamentals of Anthropological Research.